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Small steps towards a healthier life

When I was pregnant with Jackson five years ago, I embarked on the healthy eating, natural living journey. The realization that I was bringing a person into the world opened my eyes and made me rethink what I was eating, buying and doing with my time. It wasn’t just about me and my hunky husband […]

POSTED BY ON March 1, 2013         |           Comments { 4 }

Fast Food Free Family

Written by Josh Solar from The Happy Family Movement On any given Saturday, you’ll find our family scrambling around to get not 1, not 2, but 3 kids ready for soccer. Finding cleats, unis, shin guards, and making sure they’ve all had breakfast, pack snack packs…not to mention getting ourselves ready. Inevitably, we’re running behind, […]

POSTED BY ON December 20, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }
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How to get enough calcium without milk

Written by contributor Angela Stanford, MBA, RD, RYT Registered Dietitian/Holistic Nutritionist & Owner of Vital Nutrition and Wellness.   Q: My kids aren’t fans of milk and we don’t push it. Are we missing out on calcium or other nutrients to build strong bones and teeth? We do drink some almond milk and occasionally coconut milk, but […]

POSTED BY ON December 10, 2012         |           Comments { 5 }
3 Natural Tips for Healthy Skin this Winter

3 Secret Weapons for Healthy Winter Skin

This post is brought to you by Yes To, an awesome company that makes natural skin and hair care products that actually work. Sign up for their newsletter to receive a special goodie from Yes To. Winter is right around the corner and my skin is already letting me know it needs some extra TLC. As the air gets cooler and the heater kicks on, my skin dries […]

POSTED BY ON October 31, 2012         |           Comments { 3 }
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14 Fruits and veggies you should only buy organic

Organic fruits and vegetables can be pricey compared to their conventionally-grown counterpart. It’s hard for me to pick up a $4 pint of organic strawberries when I see the $.99 sale ones that look even better. Is it really worth spending the extra money on organic? Yes…and no. Dirty Dozen organic produce list The EWG’s 2012 Dirty Dozen organic produce list helps […]

POSTED BY ON September 14, 2012         |           Comments { 18 }
Olympics Games for Kids

Olympic Games for Kids

Written by contributor Rachelle Gilmore My 4-year-old daughter Molly, really wanted to throw a party with our summer playdate group. What better excuse then to celebrate the Olympics! And let me tell ya— they turned out to be a nice group of athletes! The kids competed in Water Archery, Balloon Run (proving to be the most […]

POSTED BY ON August 10, 2012         |           Comments { 6 }
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How to Start a Bedtime Routine for Children

We used to focus on keeping Zoe in her bed all night. But now we just make sure she falls asleep in her bed with a consistent bedtime routine. If she makes a middle of the night creep into our bed, we are okay with a family bed for co-sleeping. It does not disrupt our […]

POSTED BY ON April 9, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }
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Why I love using coconut oil

My family has been on a “simple living” journey for five years— out went the TV, new clothes,  cluttered closets, harsh cleaning products, processed foods, and anything with corn syrup. Sounds intense and a little extreme, huh? Well, the Jen Hansard of 2007 would have totally agreed with you. But in 2012, I couldn’t be […]

POSTED BY ON March 23, 2012         |           Comments { 2,611 }

What to do once the kids are asleep

From 8am to midnight, I feel like a race car going 70 mph. The only time I can slow down is to fill up for coffee. And then it’s right back on the racetrack for another fifty laps. I have way too much on my plate and I know that. Yet they are all important […]

POSTED BY ON February 8, 2012         |           Comments { 12 }
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“FIVE:” A simple game for a healthier life

All you need is five ingredients or less for healthy eating. Ever since I did the Master Cleanse for the first time, I have been researching ways to be more healthy. I have all kinds of questions about whole foods, being a vegetarian, raw meals, cooking vegan. Up until just a few months ago, my […]

POSTED BY ON January 23, 2012         |           Comments { 15 }

Mom’s 4 minute core ab workout for home

{ image above: Samantha Fox published on Kauai Yoga and Fitness } Samantha Fox, a mom and Anusara yoga and fitness instructor with Kauai Yoga and Fitness, has shared an intense and effective 4 minute Core Ab Workout with the Family Sponge community. This video was created with moms in mind who want to trim belly fat […]

POSTED BY ON November 22, 2011         |           Comments { 18 }

#1 Natural Flu Prevention: Clean Hands & Song

Did you know that washing your hands has the potential to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention? There is the constant debate every year that you as a parent have to make: “Should I get the flu vaccine and should my child get a flu vaccine?” If you are like many […]

POSTED BY ON November 14, 2011         |           Comments { 8 }

10 Kid-friendly green smoothie tips

How do I get my kids to eat well? How do I get my kids to eat their green veggies? How do I make a smoothie that my child will like? As a parent, I know how challenging it can be to get kids to eat their veggies – especially the green ones. The answer […]

POSTED BY ON November 9, 2011         |           Comments { 55 }